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‘You Could Never Anticipate This Happening in the United States of America’

Posted by on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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What began as a simple traffic stop ended in a humiliating and nightmarish ordeal for a New Mexico man. It won’t come as a surprise to most people why the man has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The incident began on Jan. 2 as David Eckert was leaving the local Walmart in Deming, N.M. He reportedly failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign, prompting police to pull him over.

The officers asked him to step out of the vehicle and claim the man appeared to be clenching his buttocks, Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, told TheBlaze. It is unclear why police removed him from the vehicle in the first place. However, because the cops believed he was clenching his buttocks, they took it as reason to suspect him of hiding narcotics in his anal cavity.

New Mexico Man David Eckert Sues After Anal Cavity Search, Colonoscopy After Traffic Stop

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Police officers detained Eckert while they sought a search warrant for an anal cavity search.

“What is so strange about this case is they held him with no evidence,” Kennedy said. “They seized him to collect evidence, to go on a fishing expedition on someone’s body.”

Upon securing the warrant, Deming police officers took the man to an emergency room, but hit their first snag when a doctor refused to perform the anal cavity search because he believed it to be “unethical.”

So police tried again at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, N.M., where doctors agreed to the search.

KOB-TV outlined the disturbing series of events that occurred next, details confirmed by medical records and official documents provided to TheBlaze by Eckert’s attorney:

1. Eckert’s abdominal area was X-rayed; no narcotics were found.

2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

7. Doctors then X-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.

8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon and large intestines. No narcotics were found.

Kennedy told TheBlaze these are undisputed facts from medical records, not claims made by her client.

As he was being detained and probed, Kennedy said Eckert never gave doctors his consent to perform the procedures and protested his treatment, which all arose from the simple traffic violation.

The entire ordeal lasted for roughly 12 hours.

TheBlaze has reached out to the Deming Police Department. This story will be updated should the department respond.

“It’s a nightmare, its unfathomable. You could never anticipate this happening in the United States of America,” Kennedy said, adding that in 18 years of practicing civil rights law, “this may be the most egregious case I have ever seen with law enforcement abuse.”

Kennedy also said the search warrant — in which there were legal concerns anyway — was carried out illegally because it was only valid in Luna County, N.M. The anal cavity search and other procedures were performed at the Gila Regional Medical Center, in Grant County.

Further, she said the search warrant was only good through 10 p.m., but medical records show the preparation for the colonoscopy started at 1 a.m. the next morning. In theory, even if the search warrant were completely legal and compliant, it was no longer valid.

Eckert is suing the city of Deming and Deming police officers Bobby Orosco, Robert Chavez and officer Hernandez. He is also suing Hidalgo County deputies David Arredondo, Robert Rodriquez and Patrick Green; Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty and the Gila Regional Medical Center, including Robert Wilcox, M.D. and Okay Odocha, M.D.

Take a look at Eckert’s official lawsuit and other related documents provided to TheBlaze:

David Eckert lawsuit, documents


Minnow Slayer

by on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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Recently two women from Texas were stopped and searched digitally on the side of the road, for throwing a cigarette butt out the window. 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:22 PM
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 OMG.  I heard about the troopers in Texas that did the roadside search, but I have never ever heard of being able to get MULTIPLE rectal exams...MULTIPLE enemas, MULTIPLE x-rays AND a colonoscopy...all based on someone having a tight ass.

Jesus, I hope he soon owns the whole county.

 

Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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 This is nuts!

I would call my freakin' attorney!!!!!! What was this guy thinking! Granted-he had cops and doctors up hs ass-literally- but seriously-

People- demand an attorney!!!!!!

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM
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How the hell did the cops EVER get the warrant signed, and why is that judge still employed?

Because his butt seemed to be clenched?

Only in the 'Land of the Free'... and maybe North Korea, Russia, Syria, Cuba...

GrettieMeh
by Bronze Member on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM
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O_o

I hope he sues the SHIT out of all of them.  That is insanity.  Just despicable.

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Ok that cracked me up.

Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 This is nuts!

I would call my freakin' attorney!!!!!! What was this guy thinking! Granted-he had cops and doctors up hs ass-literally- but seriously-

People- demand an attorney!!!!!!


Minnow Slayer

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:37 PM

WOW this is completely crazy!! I hope he sues and is set for life!!!! I can't believe this could happen. 

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

 Wow

katy_kay08
by on Nov. 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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given that this has happened multiple times in Texas I can say that yes I could imagine it happening in the US.  Should it be happening?  Nope.  But hell, we have citizen oversight groups that give a free pass to police brutality and excessive force.  When they are allowed to reign unchecked it's only a matter of time before sexual assault is part of a routine traffic stop.  

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